“We are very fortunate to remain so far above our 3 percent budget projection,” Stevens said. “That is a very, very healthy increase.”
Shoppers in Edmond pay an 8.25 percent sales tax on purchases; 4.5 percent goes to the state and 3.75 percent is returned to the city. Of the city's portion, 2 percent goes to the general fund and a half-cent goes to the construction of the public safety center. The remaining city sales tax money that does not go into the general fund is divided among firefighters, the police department and capital improvements as designated by voters.
Edmond, in its March check, received $2,456,656 from the 2 percent designated for the general fund. That was $26,182 above the anticipated monthly amount.